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UNESCO public lecture: ‘Indigo cultivation in the Dead Sea region: ancient industry and future opportunities’

UNESCO public lecture: ‘Indigo cultivation in the Dead Sea region: ancient industry and future opportunities’

In the framework of the project ‘Empowering Rural Women in the Jordan Valley’ funded by Drosos Foundation, UNESCO organizes an encounter with two experts on the indigo blue dye
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Amman(womeninjordan)–– In the framework of the project ‘Empowering Rural Women in the Jordan Valley’ funded by Drosos Foundation, UNESCO organized an encounter with two experts on ‘Indigo cultivation in the Dead Sea region: ancient industry and future opportunities’ in Ghor el Safi and Amman, respectively on 23 and 26 February.

The project ‘Empowering Rural Women in the Jordan Valley’ is a 30-month programme aimed at supporting the women association of Ghor el Safi in its production and promotion of handicrafts. In this framework, the project will support research on new natural dyeing techniques for the production of handicrafts and will pilot a cultivation of Indigofera tinctoria in Ghor el Safi. The Indigofera tinctoria is a plant from which a beautiful natural blue dye can be extracted: the indigo. Historical and archaeological evidences reveal that indigo-bearing crops were cultivated and used in Jordan in the past, but their cultivation has now been lost.

The two presentations were delivered by the experts Dr. Konstantinos D. Politis and Dr. Mohammed al Qinna, and focused – the first- on the historical importance of indigo and -the second- on the plan of reviving its cultivation and use in Jordan. The first lecture was held on 23 February in Ghor el Safi at The Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth, in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan; the event gathered more than 50 participants and authorities from the local community. The second lecture was held on 26 February in Amman at Friends of Archaeology and Heritage Society, in cooperation with the archaeological association and al Hima Foundation. During the event, products developed by the women of Ghor el Safi in the framework of the project were displayed to the public.

As highlighted by Ms. Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative to Jordan, in her welcome note in Ghor el Safi, “it is my hope that this project will contribute to bring more prosperity and new opportunities to the entire community in Ghor el Safi”.

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